Oct 2, 2012 6:00am PDT
, it has cut the rate by a total of one percentage point. in a statement, governor glen stevens expressed concerns about the effects of austerity programs in europe and slower growth in china, which is australia's major iron ore importer. he said the country's labor market has softened somewhat and that its growth outlook for next year has become a little weaker. >>> the u.s. federal reserve chief says he'll keep pumping money into the economy. chairman ben bernanke says this round of quantitative easing will continue until he sees an improvement in the job situation. >> we would continue securities purchases and employ other policy tools until the outlook for the job market improves substantially in a context of price stability. >> bernanke said the country's economy is improving but not fast enough to reduce unemployment. fed officials decided last month on another round of quantitative easing. it involves purchases of additional mortgage-backed securities at a rate of $40 billion a month. >>> managers at mitsubishi motors's subsidiaries say things are getting back to normal.